Wednesday, January 14, 2015

REESEgallery: Friday, 6 February 2015

"YET UNFULFILLED" with artists 
KAHLIL IRVING and ERICA POPP

Artists' Opening Reception: Friday February 6th from 6pm to 9pm

Two artists touch upon dreams unrealized and the weight of a fast approaching future.  Artist, KAHLIL IRVING, creates sculpture under pressure.  By layering gold lusters and luscious patterns over slip cast re-creations of debris, he questions our relationship with the "throw away" object in the context of commercialism and urban decay.  In contrast to Irving, photographer ERICA POPP, turns her camera outward to rural landscapes.  Here, she confronts a melancholy only found in the flat wide open spaces of the midwestern countryside - perhaps hinting at the vulnerability of the family farm, once a vision of the American Dream. While her landscapes are quiet and bleak, they still offer a sense of promise, like the potential of fields in winter.

In 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech entitled "The American Dream."  Speaking to an audience at Drew University, he suggested that America was "a dream yet unfulfilled" due to poverty, violence, poor education and racial discrimination.  Both Kahlil Irving and Erica Popp create visually intriguing compositions expressing apprehension a the state of the American Dream "yet unfulfilled."

This event is free and open to the public.

REESEgallery
3410 Wisconsin Avenue
Saint Louis | MO | 63118
www.thereesegallery.com | 314.954.7638
Hours: Wed & Sat 1-4pm after the opening reception

Exhibition Dates: 2/6/15 to 3/14/15

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